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Technology will lead to innovation within China's agriculture

China's e-commerce giants are using data capabilities and supply chain upgrades to help boost development of the agricultural sector. In Shanghai's Chongming District, Alibaba and government authorities have signed a partnership to help promote the island’s farm products using digital infrastructure.…

Vicasol and Coprohníjar seal commercial alliance to launch this outstanding product

FLOU, the new brand of gourmet Raf Almería tomatoes

On July 8, the fruit and vegetable cooperatives Coprohníjar and Vicasol launched a commercial alliance to introduce a new gourmet tomato brand on the market. The goal is to offer an outstanding product in a market that increasingly demands quality and flavor. At a press conference, the president of…

Axarquia region - Spain

Crops benefit from artificial intelligence to determine optimal harvest

The University of Malaga and the agrarian transformation society Trops, which is the largest national marketer of avocado and mango, are working to advance the use of data and…

"Innovative combinations increase effectiveness"

Sustainable technologies against salinisation, algae growth and water scarcity

Water scarcity and soil salinisation are major problems in many parts of the world. In many countries, people lack the resources to access new water sources or to effectively treat and reuse it. Today we know working with chemicals is far from future proof. In contrast, the application of sustainable…

James Rogers, CEO and Founder of Apeel Sciences

Defining the new frontier of quality

James Rogers is a CEO & Founder of Apeel Sciences and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader 2020. He wrote the following about the definition of quality, and why redefining quality will help reduce and build a more efficient supply chain. “Throughout the COVID crisis, many of us have considered where…

Bosch UK to work with Fieldwork Robotics to optimise robot crop harvesting technology

Frontier IP, a specialist in commercialising intellectual property, today announces that Robert Bosch Limited ("Bosch") has entered into an agreement to work with portfolio…

Coronavirus accelerates the rise of the robot harvester

When UK farmers found themselves short-staffed due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, the government launched a campaign urging the public to cover the shortfall and “Pick for Britain”. With the recruitment campaign struggling to convert applicants into farm workers and Brexit already disrupting the supply…

Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops Calculator now available on SupplyShift

Following last April’s news of their partnership and initiative to develop an on-line sustainability management tool, the Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops (SISC) and…

The Australian online trading platform giving wholesalers the technological edge

One of Australia's leading fresh produce wholesale management software companies, Zupply has found that using a digital platform during the COVID-19 pandemic has given their clients an advantage in terms of reducing costs while maintaining supply. The system works by connecting wholesale companies with…

Biodegradable banana fiber shoes: a step towards sustainable fashion

Indianes, a startup based in Barcelona, has launched the Banana Fiber collection, a line of sustainable and biodegradable shoes made from the banana fiber that agricultural companies discard. Unlike traditional shoes, they biodegrade in a maximum of two years. Circular economyFor the production of these…

Innovation is key for baby leaves

Maraldi Sementi is at the service of baby leaf producers with a range of green, blonde and red lettuces for different cultivation cycles. These new products are highly resistant to Bremia lactucae 16-36EU and summer varieties are tolerant to Fusarium. Simone Belletti, sales manager for Maraldi Sementi,…

"Certain varieties in semi-commercialized promotion stage"

"Big development in Chinese tomato breeding industry"

“The current acreages dedicated to tomatoes in China are about 16 million mu, of which more than 9 million mu are for pink tomato, a main product that we breed. Currently, pink tomatoes in the north mainly face diseases where the whole plant becomes dead or where new leaves turn yellow. Against this…

From the CEO of Vanguard International’s desk

Labor shortages and the future of automation

In a monthly feature, Craig Stauffer of Vanguard International writes about an industry topic. This month, Vanguard sheds light on how COVID-19 is impacting the fresh produce industry, with labor shortage pressure on growers feeling even more prominent than usual. Stauffers's feature is below: "The…

Royal Helen and Royal Edie of IPS: watch the video!

Two varieties of self-fertile and large-caliber cherries

In France, International Plant Selection has been selecting new cherry varieties suitable for all production areas in Europe for over 60 years, with selection criteria such as size, texture, organoleptic qualities and self-fertility. The selections by Zaiger Genetics (California, USA) were introduced in the…

Innovative mask aids Indian mother and son increase chemical-free mangoes harvest by 15%

In New Chandragupt Nagar in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, mature mango trees appear to have hundreds of white bags hanging from their branches or peeping from the foliage. What is up? These mangoes are covered in small biodegradable pouches, which promote their organic growth without any disturbance from…

Spain

The University of Cordoba develops a citrus harvester

The Rural Mechanization and Technology group at the University of Cordoba is working on the design of citrus harvesters that allow harvesting to be mechanized in intensive plantations by using a system of lateral agitators. The group has adapted and tested citrus harvester prototypes developed for the…

Damien Challet of JMT US:

“Our bins allow natural and flexible controlled atmosphere storage for a wide range of fresh produce”

Controlled atmosphere technology is vital to the agriculture industry and allows growers to store their produce for longer. But for smaller and medium-sized growers, controlled atmosphere rooms are often more difficult to access, forcing them to have to be more creative to find ways to store their…

Bigtunaonline

Chinese TikTok: Growers become social media stars

Just like in the US, TikTok in China is full of funny videos, odd challenges and its own brand of stars. But strangely enough, growers are some of the most unlikely social…

The Yield Technology Solutions

Australian tech company gets $11 mln injection from Yamaha

An Australian agri-tech company has been given major funding with the finalisation of an $11 million investment. The Yield Technology Solutions confirmed that venture capital…

"At this stage, we can confidentially share that this will be successful in a wide range of products"

Australian research into new fresh produce postharvest treatment using supercharged air

Australian fresh produce growers may soon have a new method of treating fruit and vegetables that minimise microbial food safety risks, with promising results from a current project with the potential to greatly improve food safety and reduce postharvest losses. The New South Wales Department of Primary…

University of Illinois

University of Illinois

US researchers develop robots to help on the farm

The University of Illinois' Coordinated Science Laboratory team has accelerated work on the TerreSentia robot, a nimble and semi-autonomous machine that can provide the same attention to detail as human labor. “Essentially, with the COVID-19 crisis, two things happened. One is the urgent need to keep…

Federal University of Technology - Paraná and State University of Ponta Grossa, Brazil Armas Vladimir

New electronic nose sniffs out ripe peaches

To help with the harvesting of various fruits, scientists have been developing electronic noses for sniffing out the ripest and most succulent peaches. In a recent study, one…

Cranfield University - UK Aleksandr Davydov

Lasers and vibrations in the quest to find the perfect avocado

The age-old ‘squeeze test’ to find a ripe avocado could be a thing of the past if an English university has its way. Cranfield University has developed and tested technology…

A project by Agribologna

Halving the amount of water used for courgettes, cucumbers and aubergines

Saving water when growing zucchini, aubergines and cucumbers is possible. Agribologna has launched the "Sapience" project, financed by EIT Climate KIC, of which the Agribologna Consortium is an active member, in collaboration with the 'Fondazione Bruno Kessler' (FBK) of Trento and Tessa Agritech srl. The…

Suwin Puengsamrong

Robotics to fill soft fruit labour gap

UK growers to trial new robot-based systems to combat labour shortages

UK growers are set to trial several new robot-based systems this season on farms producing strawberries, apples, blueberries, lettuce and broccoli. A UK agri-food consortium has been formed to address labour shortages by accelerating the use of robotics and automation (R&A) for picking soft fruit and…

Da K’Nang Laba Banana Cooperative in Vietnam Nullplus

Confidex NFC tags monitor banana growth

Near Field Communications (NFC) tags to manage and track bananas are currently being deployed in a first-of-its-kind application by the Da K’Nang Laba Banana Cooperative in…

UC Riverside and Eurosemillas partner to bring the next generation of avocados to market

UC Riverside has entered into a $2.25 million partnership with Spain-based Eurosemillas S.A. to help the university bring to market the most promising and advanced avocado…

Automated picking bins set to help New Zealand growers save labour costs

A New Zealand startup company is hoping to progress to the development of its partially automated fruit harvesting robotic devices in early 2021. YieldTec founder Dr Khalid Salah says the company's mobile bin robots that will automate the logistics during the harvest, which will eliminate the need for…

University of Florida research

Cloud-based technology helps farmers count citrus trees

In his quest to find the right drone and other artificial intelligence to help ensure citrus growers get an accurate count of their crop, Yiannis Ampatzidis and his research…

Julien Viry

South Korea’s online agricultural exchange saves time and money

A new online system that has fully digitized wholesale transactions of agricultural crops is now up and running in Korea, saving time and money for producers and distributors as well as consumers. The online agricultural exchange which went on a trial run late last month was jointly developed by the…

Université de Sherbrooke

Université de Sherbrooke invention

Canadian roboticists create third arm to pick up fruit

Roboticists from Université de Sherbrooke in Canada have invented a waist-mounted remote-controlled hydraulic arm that can help pickers with gentle tasks like picking fruit, but: it also possesses the strength to smash through walls! The goal of the novel new joint is to “mimic the performance of a human…

Sunway announces Malaysia's first urban farming innovation hub

In conjunction with World Environment Day, Sunway today has announced that it will build a 50,000 sq ft urban farming innovation hub, Sunway FutureX, which will be completed…

Rice University Compuinfoto

Eggs can be used as low-cost coating to protect fruits and vegetables

Rice University researchers say that eggs, that would otherwise be wasted, can be used as the base of an inexpensive coating to protect fruits and vegetables. The Brown School…

Jaco Nel – mpact

Mpact’s new fruit bin design allows better fruit protection and easier handling

Leading South African fruit bin manufacturer mpact is offering the bins widely used in the South African fruit and vegetable industry to clients in Spain, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. The rounded shape of the JB1210 bin has been designed with fruit protection in mind. Rounded corners…

Asparagus grower Walter Gubbels discovers special curly green asparagus

Asparagus grower Walter Gubbels from Helvoirt came across a special specimen on his asparagus field this morning. This curled version of the green asparagus could almost be included as an art object. The photo with the white asparagus clearly shows the size of this specimen. "I have never experienced this…

Australian agrifood company looking for fresh produce startups to drive future innovation

Australia's first dedicated agrifood tech venture capital firm is encouraging the next wave of fresh produce startup companies developing innovative agtech. Tenacious Ventures was formed under the Australian Early Stage Venture Capital Limited Partnership scheme, and 80 per cent of investments will be…

A beginners' course in asparagus: German machines famous on social media?

Like many others, Owyhee Produce from the USA is particularly active on social media and also shows consumers the background of asparagus production. Recently, the videos even reached Buzzfeed, a media platform with 150 million visitors per month, making it one of the most popular in the English-speaking…

Alexandr Muntean

Thai Ministry partners with Grab to launch online farmers’ market

The Thai Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (MOAC) has partnered with delivery provider Grab to open up an online retail space for farm products, allowing farmers to…

An innovation offered by the Idromeccanica Lucchini company

Step forward in growing strawberries thanks to the Saturn Bioponics system

The hydroponic cultivation of strawberries through the Saturn Bioponics system is an important step forward for cultivation. Thanks to its reliable systems in coconut fiber or peat, the Saturn Bioponics system provides a better environment for the root, direct control over the nutrition of the plant,…

Fusarium resistance: from breeding to commercial varieties

In 2019, Rijk Zwaan became the first vegetable breeding company to introduce three cucumber varieties with Fusarium resistance. Last season, growers in various countries gained experience with these ‘For Defense’ varieties. Jaime Jimenez from San Agustín (Almería, Spain) grew Forami RZ. “It was a…

SmartFresh technology expanded to include avocado, broccoli, melon, tomato, mango and stone fruit

AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. has expanded the global application of its flagship SmartFresh technology solution to optimize the consumer experience for a wide range of crops…

Bayer Crop Science increases its sales in Spain thanks to new biological solutions

In 2019, Bayer's sales to customers in Spain were worth 693 million Euro; 3.3% more than in 2018. One of the most important increases was achieved by the Agriculture (or Crop…

Gastronome Tetsuya Yamahara is building a second mainstay with cooking boxes:

"We ship cooking boxes of traditional Japanese food all over Germany"

The Kabuki is a well-known restaurant on Frankfurt's Kaiserstraße, where Tetsuya Yamahara has been preparing traditional Japanese cuisine since 1989. To combat the financial losses caused by the restaurant closures, Yamahara had to come up with a solution quickly. As we hear so often these days, he had wanted…

Warren Russell on Moleaer’s expansion into Chile and Peru:

“There is much potential for optimizing blueberry and grape crops with nanobubble technology”

Nanobubbles are very small vessels of gas that are created to remain stable in bulk solutions. When they are added to the irrigation water used in agriculture, they increase the oxygen levels in the water which helps promote the growth of crops. Moleaer is a nanobubble technology company that is now…

Johnny Rasmussen, Senmatic about the introduction of the Bio Mixer

"Organic growers want to add microorganisms or bio-fertilizers without changing the EC"

Two growers have the same need for irrigation with a precise dosing of biomass - and it should be controlled automatically. As there was no fertilizer mixer on the market which was able to add microorganisms and bio-fertilizers to the irrigation water, they contacted Senmatic. The Danish manufacturer is,…

Almeria, Spain

Biostimulant trial achieves increase in production yield of zucchinis

The Brandt Europe company, a subsidiary of the American company that is an agricultural leader for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, has managed to increase the production yield of zucchini by one to two kilos per square meter using two biostimulant solutions. The trial, which was carried out on a…

Completely THC-free CBD oil without hemp extract

Japanese company develops CBD oil from orange peels

At this year's Cosme Tokyo cosmetics trade fair, Japanese company Hiro International presented a completely THC-free CBD oil, that was not produced with the help of hemp…

South Africa: Naspers Foundry gets R100 mln in funds for Aerobotics

On Wednesday, Naspers's start-up fund Naspers Foundry announced a R100 million (€5.2 mln) investment in agritech business Aerobotics due to its "world-class technology…

HZPC:

"Special robot helps fight viruses and potato diseases"

"We have a special robot in our breeding program. We use it in the war against viruses and potato diseases. In combination with marker technology, it helps us to develop resistant potato varieties more quickly. That means fewer pesticides are needed, and crop losses remain limited. We think…

Edelpilzzucht Kirnig LLC focuses on sustainable packaging and product range expansion

"The plastics discussion will return after the crisis"

Before the Corona pandemic, the abandonment of plastics was by far the most important topic in today's food industry. In the field of edible mushrooms, too, the search was on for an innovative, environmentally friendly solution using renewable raw materials. South Tyrolean mushroom cultivator Kirnig LLC has…

Intergrow Greenhouses partners with Natural Upcycling to reduce food waste

Consumers have high expectations when it comes to their food. Even in produce, they expect beautifully uniformed, well presenting fruit. But at the end of the day this is farming and it is not realistic that every piece of fruit produced meets those requirements. Even with the strictest growing and…

Priva computer system now designed to control Cravo retractable roof greenhouses and cooling houses

Cravo’s retractable roof technology allows fruit and vegetable growers in hot climates to produce high quality product, especially during times of the year when it is difficult to grow. The company has teamed up with Priva, a high-tech company that offers climate control, energy savings and optimal reuse…

Underpinning fresh produce traceability by adding an extra layer of scientific validation

A New Zealand based scientific traceability company says businesses need to be aware of the risks of counterfeiting and fraud in fresh produce, as agricultural exports de-commoditise in favour of brand premium products. "Australian (and New Zealand) agriculture continues to grow in export markets,"…

The importance of investing in innovative technology to stay ahead of the game

A New Zealand AgTech company says the horticulture and fresh produce industry is heading for a major shift in coming years, in terms of take-up of new technology. Autogrow specialises in the research and development of digital growing solutions, and Chief Executive Officer Darryn Keiller says major…

Macfrut goes Digital in September 2020

Macfrut 2020 goes Digital. From 8 to 10 September 2020, Italy’s international showcase for the fresh produce industry will offer business opportunities through a digital…

Jos Veugen, Frans Veugen Industrial hygiene:

Ban on CIPC calls for new nebuliser

For the upcoming season, the use of the active ingredient CIPC, as a sprout inhibitor for potato storage is prohibited. The alternatives are ready, but require another nebuliser. "The nebulisers that have been customary until now are not suitable to use for the new products," says Jos Veugen of Frans…

CPMA’s Virtual New Product Showcase

Mucci Farms launches Paper Top Seal, expands Organic Cucumbers and more

Product innovations always play a key role at CPMA’s annual convention. Although the organization can’t hold its annual event that was scheduled for this week, it does have a Virtual New Product Showcase. Companies who had initially planned on exhibiting were given the opportunity to submit their new…

New solution turns cartons into ripening chambers

As the competition in the produce industry increasingly intensifies, it is important to ensure the freshness of fruit during transportation and the ripeness management after it reaches the destination. To address this issue, the Shandong Yingyangyuan Food Technology Co., Ltd. have introduced their…

Spanish scientists develop alternative to plastics with kenaf fiber

Researchers from the Spanish Scientific and Technological Research Center of Extremadura (Cicytex) have developed a biodegradable material from bioplastic and vegetable fibers…

The European ban on using gene-editing is driving the potato breeder to look overseas to remain globally competitive

Robert Graveland, HZPC: “Europe is not capable of adding value to its innovations”

“Improving potato varieties is our company’s core business,” says Robert Graveland, HZPC’s Research Director. This Dutch company has focused on potato breeding, seed potato trading, and product concept development since 1898. “We noticed we have not yet used many genetic variants. There is still a lot of…

A proposal from RK Growers

Saving on the harvest of small fruits is possible

An innovative and simple system to facilitate the picking of small fruits is being proposed by RK Growers. It can be used for cherries and raspberries as well. The system is simple but, like the Egg of Columbus, some had to think about it. As the video above shows, the operator wears a special belt with hooks…

Green-Dome as local solution for sustainable basic food supply

The Garden of Eden from the MABEWO Solar Dome

Start-up companies are revolutionizing the production of food worldwide. Indoor farms and closed cycles are being used to develop innovative methods to satisfy human hunger. Closed cycle: Cultivation and recyclingContrary to what the normal visitor to a farm can imagine, the use of the sun and the soil is…

Courtesy of MIT

Massachusetts Institute of Technology breakthrough

New device could deliver crucial treatment to diseased fruit plants

Engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a precision injection system for plants to potentially help orange, olive and banana crops threatened by diseases. The new system uses silk-based biomaterials to fabricate a microneedle-like device, which can inject nutrients,…

Remote imagery research into providing better fruit yield forecasts

A remote imagery research project on citrus orchards is set to be expanded, after promising results at a Western Australian farm. Professor Andrew Robson, from the University of New England, has been involved in a project with WA's Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) to…


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